Cleanrooms require distinct approaches at different decontamination stages including cleaning, sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization. Each procedure involves similar yet distinct methodologies to address specific contaminants, particles, and microbial burdens among various enclosures, surfaces, and equipment. In cleanroom environments, it is imperative that all cleaning supplies meet the cleanroom-rated standards corresponding to the ISO rating of the specific area.
Cleanroom wipes are designed in several materials that vary in softness, absorbency, material construction, and knit type. Moncontinuous double-knit fabrics are a go-to choice for the cleanroom industry due to their ultra-low lint properties and favorable absorbency when wetting. Cleanroom wipe manufacturers take extraordinary measures to ensure that the final materials contain little or no manufacturing byproducts such as oils, ionic compounds, and non-viable residues (NVR). Cleanroom wipes are lot coded for each production run to ensure traceability from the factory to the end-use location
Woven wipes are created by interlacing individual threads or yarns in a specific pattern to form a fabric. Woven cleanroom wipers are typical in ISO 4 - ISO 8 cleanrooms to prevent the release of fibers or lint during the wiping process, and can be specified with different fabric weights to ensure uniform wetting and absorption across the surface area.
Non-woven wipes are manufactured in a way that bonds together one or more materials without knitting or weaving. Typical bonding methods for cleanrooms include melt-blown, spun-bonded, hydroentanglement, and wetlaid processes. Nonwoven materials include cellulose, polyester, and polypropylene, which are sometimes combined to achieve the appropriate balance of cleanliness, compatibility, wetness, and static-sensitive properties. Non-woven fabrics are advantageous for certain chemical compatibilities and may be more cost-effective in certain industries.
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Cleanroom Mopping: Cleanroom mops feature multi-bucket designs that separate fresh and clean water supplies. Cleanroom mop performance is determined by several factors and must meet several criteria:
Cleanroom Sticky Rollers: Sticky rollers resemble an extra-large lint roller on a stick. The rolling end features cleanroom-rated peel-off strips that can be easily refreshed and disposed of once soiled. Sticky rollers are an excellent option for removing and capturing materials on uneven or hard-to-reach surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and the sides or tops of tall equipment.
Avoid High Particulate Activities: Avoid high-particulate generating activities in the cleanroom such as aggressive scrubbing of objects or surfaces. Scrubbing involves using brushes or abrasive materials along with water and detergents to mechanically remove contaminants from surfaces. It is often employed for cleaning hard surfaces, such as floors, walls, and equipment.
Yes. The market does offer cleanroom-approved brooms and floor brushes. ISO-rated cleanroom brooms require 100% synthetic fibers and non-porous, non-conductive, non-shedding materials to prevent the absorption of water and bacteria. Brush designs are well-suited for handling heavy-duty grease, detergents, sanitizers, and solvents. Brooms are less in cleanrooms because they tend to disturb and further distribute particulate throughout the environment.
Terra Universal offers a wide selection of in-stock cleanroom cleaning products including total environments, waste receptacles, glove/garment dispensers, garment hampers, gowning furniture, and more. Many products are stocked and ready to ship in just 1 - 3 days from Terra's California facilities.